UCF Global Perspectives

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The Al Ghazali Islamic Studies Program

“Promoting the understanding and appreciation of Islam and Muslim communities”

The Al Ghazali Islamic Studies Program, established in 2011, builds upon a relationship dating to 2005, when an endowment for a professorship in Islamic Studies was established at UCF. The program, housed in the Global Perspectives Office, is a collaborative effort with the College of Arts and Humanities. The program’s purpose is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Islam and Muslim communities.

Advisory Board

  • John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives, UCF (chair and program director)
  • Amb. Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, Director, Diplomacy Program, UCF
  • Roger Handberg, Department of Political Science, UCF
  • Amb. Ulrich Haynes, former U.S. Ambassador to Algeria
  • Imam Tariq Rasheed, Islamic Center of Orlando
  • Husain Kassim, Department of Philosophy, UCF
  • Hakan Ozoglu, Department of History, UCF
  • Sibille Pritchard, President, Global Connections Foundation
  • Janan Smither, Department of Psychology, UCF

Related Events

Click here to view recent and past events supported by the Al Ghazali Islamic Studies Program at UCF.